ILWACO - The Ilwaco Lady Fishermen played one of their better games of the season, but fell to league-leading Woodland 54-47 at home Friday. The loss drops Ilwaco to 2-3 in the Trico and 8-5 for the season.
The Lady Beavers looked like they were going to run away with the contest as they scored the first six points, garnered the first six rebounds, and forced the Lady Fishermen into three turnovers. Junior guard, Katie Holmes fed Ashley Kitzman in the post area for a field goal, drove for a layup, and hit a jump shot to knot the game at 6-6.
Heather Hocking scored on a jump shot and a three-point bomb, Kitzman rolled to the hoop for another basket, and Ashley Fauver stole a pass and went coast to coast for an easy bucket to put Ilwaco up 15-8.
Woodland lost all-league point guard Ashley Rodman to what could be a season-ending knee injury during the Lady Fishermen's 15-2 run. The Lady Beavers proved their resiliency and showed why they are the Trico leaders by going on 7-0 and 6-0 binges in the second period that vaulted them to a 33-27 half-time lead.
Hocking swished two more "three's" and two "two's" in the period to provide Ilwaco's only scoring in period number two. Kitzman scored three baskets with nifty inside moves and Michelle Wroble knocked down a shot to draw the Lady Fishermen even at 35-35 with 3:06 remaining in the third quarter.
Again Woodland's depth and speed took over as they poured in 11 unanswered points with Tara Ward and Brittany Driver doing most of the damage and outscored the local girls 15-2 to lead 50-37 with three minutes to go in the game.
Ilwaco now demonstrated some resiliency of their own as Aerial Barker made back-to-back baskets, Kitzman (who was double and triple teamed all night) scored on an inside move, and then hit Wroble for another easy layin to draw Ilwaco to within seven points.
"The key to Woodland's win was their bench, they have a great deal of depth," coach Joe Williams said. "Katie (Holmes) played well, Kitzman worked real hard inside against their collapsing defense, and Heather (Hocking) played her usual great game. I saw many bright spots for us tonight, but we still need to work on our rebounding and blocking out."
The Lady Beavers dominated the boards 48 to 29 and allowed Ilwaco only eight offensive rebounds. The Lady Fishermen forced 25 turnovers and lost the ball 21 times as they handled Woodland's pressure defense effectively. Woodland fouled 14 times to Ilwaco's 12 in the fast-paced and physical contest.
The Lady Fishermen were 19 of 57 (33 percent) from the field and 6 of 11 from the charity stripe (55 percent) while Woodland shot 40 percent on 22-55 and made 64 percent of their foul shots (9-14).
Hocking led the team in scoring with 17 and she and Fauver each dished out four assists. Robyn Unruh and Holmes snared four steals apiece and Kitzman grabbed 13 rebounds to go with her 12 points. Driver led Woodland's scoring with 18 points.
The junior varsity squad was back in action after a long layoff and was narrowly beaten 34-42. Jessie Landeros topped the team with 12 points and Nicole Adams was their leading rebounder. Coach Larry Chapman's JVs are now 2-5 on the season.
Woodland 12 21 12 9 -54
Ilwaco 15 12 8 1 2 -47
Ilwaco - Hocking 17, Kitzman 12, Barker 5, Holmes 4, Wroble 4, Unruh 3, Fauver 2, Tomberlin
Woodland - Driver 18, Schei 9, Ward 8, Cochran 6, Schang 6, Maloney 4, Wesockes 2, Beckwith 1, Rodman 0